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Heat

Year: 1995
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Michael Mann
Producer: Michael Mann
Writer: Michael Mann
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Tom Sizemore, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, William Fitchner, Natalie Portman, Hank Azaria, Tone Loc
The cause for a lot of excitement at the prospect of seeing two of the best actors of their generation on screen together for the first time (as they never shared scenes in Godfather II).

Pacino is a detective who sums up his whole existence in the declaration that he's 'sharp, on the edge, where's he's gotta be'. It's an existence that polarises him from his lover, everyday life and the rest of the world, and hardly more than in his current case - tracking a team of slick, professional robbers led by cool-as-ice DeNiro.

The plot follows the movements of both men and their chase with respective crews (gangsters and police) in tow. It makes for a searing clash of personalities that could have been a humdrum made for TV thriller in lesser hands.

The other creative force to be reckoned with is Mann's script and direction, which sets up some memorable action sequences - like the iconic M16 battle on a Los Angeles freeway.

Both men realise and sacrifice personal goals and ambitions in the hunt, and at times the line between them becomes fuzzy. Gripping from start to finish as a character drama and a heist thriller.

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